Our response to the situation in Ukraine
Alongside the global community, we share deep concern about the tragic events happening in Ukraine. We are taking actions guided by our purpose, and as a company dedicated to health and care for people and patients.
Our first priority is the safety, security and wellbeing of GSK people, wherever they are located. After this, our focus is to make sure our products reach the people who need them, including supporting humanitarian efforts in Ukraine and surrounding countries.
We condemn the fighting and the harm and suffering it’s causing to people in Ukraine and beyond. The actions taking place are in violent contradiction to our purpose, and unshakeable belief that all people should be treated with dignity, respect and humanity.
GSK in Ukraine
We employ 400 GSK people in Ukraine and we’re doing everything we can to help them stay safe in very difficult conditions.
We have stopped our business operations and are focused on advising and supporting our people who are staying in their homes and those who wish to relocate, where possible, to safer areas. We’re helping people with practical support where needed – providing access essentials including temporary accommodation, communications and healthcare for them and their families.
Our teams in neighbouring countries are doing everything they can to support our people coming across the border and the broader humanitarian response.
We are providing targeted humanitarian support through long-term NGO partners who have teams on the ground in Ukraine and neighbouring countries. We’ll continue to respond as the situation evolves, guided by our humanitarian principles.
- We have donated £3.25million to the Red Cross and Save the Children who are providing food, water, first aid, medicines, warm clothes and shelter for people in Ukraine and refugees at the border.
- We have donated £250,000 to Crown Agents (an NGO that has worked with the Ukrainian Ministry of Health (MoH) for the past 20 years) to fund 2,500 medical trauma kits; and are in discussions with them on how to enable continued supply of essential medicines into Ukraine.
- Through ViiV Healthcare, we are making available significant donations of anti-retroviral medicines to the WHO, national AIDS programmes and NGO partners to support children and adults living with HIV who have been impacted by the conflict. ViiV has also made an initial £200,000 in emergency funds available to existing partners through our Positive Action programme.
- In addition to our company donation, our employees around the world have donated over £300,000 to Save the Children and the Red Cross, which GSK will match.
- We have responded to urgent product requests from the Ukrainian MoH with donations of over 500,000 units of medicine and consumer products from our warehouse located near Kyiv, including antibiotics, asthma medicine, treatments for epilepsy patients and pain relief products.
- We are in discussions with the WHO, EU and UNICEF around supply of essential childhood vaccines to Poland, to protect the rapidly growing refugee population.
GSK in Russia
The situation in Russia is complex and rapidly changing, and we continue to keep our approach under review.
Our priorities are to support GSK people and support access to medicines, vaccines and health products.
We support global sanctions and will comply with them. We have taken a precautionary approach to stop, to the fullest extent possible, any direct involvement and support to the Russian government and military.
In line with our purpose to support people’s health, regardless of race, sex, nationality, ethnicity, language or religion, we believe everyone has the right to access healthcare and, as an innovator and supplier of needed medicines, vaccines and everyday health products, we have a responsibility to do all we can to make them available while we can.
Across our business we have stopped advertising and promotional activities in Russia and any profits we make from our operations in Russia in the interim will be used in support of humanitarian relief efforts.
Pharmaceuticals and Vaccines
We continue to supply medicines and vaccines to Russia. Where we experience challenges in delivering medicines to the country, we will prioritise supply of products that are essential for people’s health (and in compliance with sanctions). This prioritisation will take into account medical criticality, patient need and availability of alternatives.
We will not start any new clinical trials and will not enrol new patients into existing clinical trials.
Since the start of the conflict, we have been constantly evaluating our Consumer Healthcare activities in Russia, and have stopped advertising and promotional activity in the country.
Going forward, GSK Consumer Healthcare will prioritise supply of over the counter (OTC) medicines and reduce our oral health products, ensuring we continue to meet basic consumer health needs. We will no longer import food supplements and vitamins.